Ahead of the rumored launch of the iPad mini 2 and the next-gen Nexus 7, here’s a quick recap of prices for the original models across the web. Apparently, the iPad mini remains expensive sitting above $300 whilst the Nexus 7 is by far the cheapest high-end Android tablet in the market.
FEB 01, 2013, 3:00 A.M., FRIDAY. Article by: Kevin Go – Amid ongoing rumors regarding a Retina version of the iPad Mini (or the iPad mini 2), let’s do a price and availability update on two of the most popular 7 inch tablets today, the Google Nexus 7 from Asus and Apple’s current-gen iPad Mini — er, okay, the iPad Mini is a 7.9-inch tablet but let’s consider it a seven incher on this post, just to lessen the confusion.
Official prices of the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini haven’t really changed at all but what’s interesting is [you probably already know this] the Nexus 7′s standard internal storage size has been upgraded to 16 gigabytes, previously it only came with 8 gigs and its insanely attractive price stayed the same, the base WiFi only model still goes for just $199 on the Google Play Store, the 32 gigabyte WiFi only version is still relatively affordable at $249.
The WiFi + Cellular Data version of the Nexus 7 only comes in the 32 gigabyte flavor which will set you back $299, you can opt for a T-Mobile or AT&T SIM card but you can pretty much use any SIM card you wish since the device is unlocked and takes advantage of HSPA+ networks. The US Play Store currently have stocks of all the Nexus 7 models we’ve mentioned and can be delivered in just 3-5 business days.
If for some reason Google’s Play Store portal is not available in your country, you can always purchase the Nexus 7 from third-party retailers but there’s a catch, the 7-inch Vanilla Android tablet will cost slightly more expensive if bought from the grey market, upon doing some channel checks, we found out that prices of the 16 gigabyte (WiFi only) Nexus 7 range from $260 to as high as $290 (32 gigabyte, $340 – $380), the WiFi + Cellular Data variant isn’t cheap either with a starting price of $340.
As for the iPad Mini, Apple’s baby tablet comes with 16, 32 or 64 gigabyte storage and are all available in Apple Store US, the WiFi only models are priced at $329, $429 and $529 respectively, the WiFi + Cellular variants support both HSPA+ and 4G LTE networks and are more expensive, just add $100 more to the aforementioned prices so you can still browse the internet without the need for a WiFi network.
Apple’s official online store is available to almost every country around the globe, so there’s really no need for grey market prices of the iPad Mini. WiFi + Cellular iPad Minis are not available in all countries, just a little something to keep in mind.
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